Download Festival Announce A Stellar 2024 Edition Line-Up

Queens Of The Stone Age, Fall Out Boy and Avenged Sevenfold will headline the 21st edition of the legendary Download Festival. Presented by Liquid Death, DLXXI will take place on 14th-16th June 2024 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Early bird tickets sold out ahead of Thursday’s general sale, as the UK’s premier Rock and Metal festival looks set to draw yet another huge attendance.

Queens of the Stone Age @ Roundhouse - iTunes Festival 2013

Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age (Kalpesh Patel)
Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age (Kalpesh Patel)

The Josh Homme-led desert rockers Queens Of The Stone Age are about to embark on their UK Arena tour and will headline the main stage for the first time. Their last appearance here was way back in 2013 and they are more than ready for that headline spot and will thrill the crowd with tracks from the latest critically acclaimed album In Times New Roman… as well as favourites from the likes of Songs For The Deaf, Rated R and Lullabies To Paralyze.

Fall Out Boy’s popularity is at an all-time high and are also first-time headliners, giving the festival a fresh feel. We were blown away by their performance at the O2 Arena recently and we have no doubts they will bring the same energy, pyrotechnics and of course, iconic anthems such as Dance, Dance, Sugar, We’re Going Down and Thnks fr th Mmrs in what is set to be a crowning moment for the band.

Fall Out Boy @ The O2

Patrick Stump & Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy (Kalpesh Patel)
Patrick Stump & Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy (Kalpesh Patel)

Avenged Sevenfold celebrate the release of their latest album Life Is But A Dream… and headline for the third time. A decade has passed since their last appearance, and fans will be eager to see their new material – which has taken a slightly different direction – as well as classics like Unholy Confessions, Nightmare, Afterlife and many more face-melting tracks!

We will have to wait for further announcements for confirmation, but the poster suggests Royal Blood, The Offspring and Machine Head will headline the second stage.

Royal Blood @ Hammersmith Apollo

Mike Kerr & Ben Thatcher of Royal Blood (Kalpesh Patel)
Mike Kerr & Ben Thatcher of Royal Blood (Kalpesh Patel)

There are some special appearances to look out for amongst the 80+ bands in this colossal announcement. Pantera will perform in the UK for the first time in over 20 years. Sum 41 will play their last-ever UK festival after announcing their plans to retire. Hoobastank will perform their double platinum album The Reason in full.

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor makes his almost annual appearance with a solo set, whilst other heavy hitters on the lineup include Bad Omens, While She Sleeps, Billy Talent, The Used, Babymetal and Bowling For Soup.

Stone Sour @ Brixton Academy

Corey Taylor of Stone Sour (Kalpesh Patel)
Corey Taylor of Stone Sour (Kalpesh Patel)

As always, Download showcases the up-and-coming talent with the likes of Those Damn Crows, Holding Absence and Charlotte Sands set to add to their ever-growing fan bases. If there are some artists you don’t recognise, we highly recommend you hit your favourite streaming service and you may well discover your next favourite band!

Babymetal @ Glastonbury Festival 2019

Babymetal @ Glastonbury Festival 2019 (Kalpesh Patel)
Babymetal @ Glastonbury Festival 2019 (Kalpesh Patel)

With a diverse line-up and fresh Main Stage headliners, there’s something for everyone amongst the 80+ bands announced so far. With more announcements to come, this already stacked line-up can only get better and better. We’ll see you in the pit!

General sale starts 9pm this Thursday, with tickets available from Ticketmaster. Barclaycard and Barclays Premier customers can pick theirs up now! Check out the full line-up announced so far below:

Download 2024 - DXXI - Initial Tour Poster

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